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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
NOVEMBER 30, 2005
(615) 741-2257 (O)
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GOVERNOR AWARDS CAMPBELL COUNTY JOB TRAINING GRANTS
Three Companies Awarded $29,290

NASHVILLE - Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $15,890 to Advance Food Company, $9,200 to Matix Corporation and $4,200 to A & S Building. These Incumbent Worker Training Grants are three of many to be awarded to help Tennessee companies avoid downsizing and keep jobs in the state.  More than $1 million in Incumbent Worker Training Grants was awarded in fiscal year 2004-2005 benefiting more than 6,000 Tennessee workers.


“The Incumbent Worker Training Grants are essential to help Tennessee’s workers look to the future with job growth and stability,” said Governor Bredesen. “These three companies are good employers in the area.  This grant will help keep Campbell County companies competitive and increase the skills of their talented employees.”

"The Incumbent Worker Training Program provides grant funding for customized training for existing businesses," said Commissioner Neeley. "These companies have met comprehensive criteria to qualify for these grants. I am proud to award this grant money to keep area workers on the job."

“I commend Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley for awarding the Incumbent Worker grant to these Campbell County companies,” said Senator Tommy Kilby. “This will help keep area workers employed and help improve our economy.”

“Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley are working hard to keep Campbell County workers employed,” said Representative William Baird. “This grant is essential to the area and our economic growth.”

The East Tennessee Human Resource Agency played a key role in awarding the grant to Matix Corporation. 

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers the Incumbent Worker Training program. The program has been structured to be flexible to meet the business's training objectives. The business may use public, private, or its own in-house training provider based on the nature of the training.

The following criteria must be met to qualify for the Incumbent Worker Training Program. Employers must be operation in Tennessee for at least one year prior to application date. Employers must have at least five full-time employees, demonstrate financial viability and be current on all state tax obligations. Funding priority is given to businesses whose grant proposals represent a significant layoff avoidance strategy and represent a significant upgrade of skills.

Again the following companies in Campbell County were awarded Incumbent Worker Training Grants:

  1. Advance Food Company        $15,890
  2. Matix Corporation                    $9,200
  3. A & S Building                         $4,200

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